4/10/2014 3:30 P.M. ET
"Connected with...Kenley Jansen" premieres Saturday at 9:00 p.m. on SportsNet LA
Dodger closer sits down with Alanna Rizzo for an exclusive interview about the team, his family and becoming a pitcher
By / MLB.com
SportsNet LA is the exclusive new 24/7 TV network of the Los Angeles Dodgers that takes fans behind-the-scenes of the team and offers in-depth access into the organization, providing an immersive experience with never-before-seen content and thousands of hours of comprehensive Dodger programming. This Saturday at 9:00 p.m. PT following its live coverage of the Dodger game against the Diamondbacks, SportsNet LA will debut "Connected With…Kenley Jansen."
In the newest episode of SportsNet LA's signature interview series, host Alanna Rizzo sits down with the Dodger closer for an exclusive interview about the team, the bullpen, Jansen's heart surgery, his family and what it was like to change positions from catcher to pitcher and become the Dodgers' closer.
Quote excerpts from Jansen include:
On playing for the Dodgers: "I always knew this was a classy organization. Going to Spring Training, you see Tommy Lasorda and all these other legends. It's a first-class organization. When I came here, I was like 'Wow, this is my first team, and Jackie Robinson played on this team.'"
On switching positions from catcher to pitcher: "I thought, 'How am I going to do this? How am I going to help them all out?' Next thing you know, it took me six months to be in the Major Leagues."
On helping support his family: "My mom and dad were struggling with the mortgage…And when I got called up, that's also when my mom got sick...Every time I put my jersey on, it's my mom and dad. I have to make sure they're alright. I have to take care of them."
"Connected With…" has previously featured Dodger personalities Stan Kasten Ned Colletti, Adrian Gonzalez, Brian Wilson, Hanley Ramirez, A.J. Ellis, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford.
Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Champion Broadband all carry SportsNet LA and we are in negotiations with all other providers. For more information about SportsNet LA or to demand the network, visit www.ineedmydodgers.com or www.quieromisdodgers.com or call 1-844-I-NEED-MY (1-844-463-3369). Follow the network on Twitter at @SportsNetLA, Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SportsNetLA and Instagram at @SportsNetLA.
About Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA
Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA launched on February 25, 2014 as a 24/7 regional sports network that takes fans behind-the-scenes - deep into the Dodger organization - providing an immersive experience with thousands of hours of exclusive Dodger programming, including access to more than 160 live game telecasts each season. SportsNet LA is owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers through American Media Productions, LLC. The network is available to all cable, satellite and telco multichannel providers throughout Southern California, Las Vegas, NV and Hawaii.
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